By Peter Corlett
March 2013

Waikanae School resounded to the sounds of live music, bustling stalls, and excited families at Waikanae School’s biannual MIGHTY MARCH MARKET, held on the 16th March.

There were many items for sale. Children from each of nearly 20 classes created art and other items for stalls, which included handmade jewellery, toys, decorated stones, scarecrows, elastics, decorated mini surfboards, placemats, paintings, and painted flower pots.

Also featured were craft and food stalls, along with a wide variety of sideshows  and activities run by groups such as the fire brigade.  Other entertainment was provided by the school bands and children who had been selected at the Waikanae School Has Got Talent auditions. 

With fine weather and wide range of activities the event was well patronised and showcased the talents and creativity of Waikanae School pupils.  According to organiser Ainsley Bond, and principal Bevan Campbell, around $12,000 – $14,000 was raised, to kick-start a fund for converting a current tennis court into an all-weather artificial surface for use by students and the community.

The fine weather continued for the  YEAR 6 PUPIL`S CAMP.

Fifty seven pupils spent three days out of the classroom learning a range of camping skills and physical activities at the Palm Grove campsite in Valley Road, Paraparaumu.

The camp  from Wednesday 19th to 22nd March was run by Waikanae Year 6 teachers Michelle Fearon, Jane Lumsden, Lucy Cameron and Peter Corlett, together with the support of a number of parents, some of whom also stayed overnight.

For some pupils it was their first camping experience. Being away from home gave each child the opportunity to face and overcome new challenges and grow in self-confidence.

“This is learning that can’t happen in an ordinary regular classroom setting, and the value of this learning can’t be measured by National Standards”, said teacher Peter Corlett.

Children participated in a range of activities including building shelters, pitching tents, archery, racing down a flying fox and hydro-slide, orienteering, ropes course, confidence course, and cooking on a camp oven.

A favourite for the evening was a movie featuring photos taken of pupils participating in the various activities during the day.